The Target of Jesus
What is Jesus saying?
- It is not our external purity that is God’s priority but our internal purity.
- External purity will flow from internal purity.
- Even external commands or disciplines are designed to shape the heart.
What is this heart that Jesus targets?
- The biblical heart is not emotion, compassion, or affection.
- The biblical heart is the center of the self – what makes you who you are.
Why does he target the heart?
- He knows that all impurity flows from the idols of the heart.
- He knows that you can fix actions but leave the heart untouched.
- He pursues His glory in your joy.
- When our purpose and passion unite, God receives greatest glory.
What about this woman?
- She’s the consummate outsider.
- She is humble and bold.